First Nation groups coming together to improve safety

By paNOW Staff
November 18, 2018 - 12:00pm

A new First Nations partnership regarding public and worker safety has been set up.

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), Saskatchewan Gaming Authority (SIGA), and Saskatchewan First Nations Safety Association (SFNSA), will work towards improving various education and safety programs with the ultimate aim of making First Nation organizations, businesses and communities safer. The three groups announced the signing of the  memorandum of understanding (MOU) at a press conference in Saskatoon Friday.

The CEO of the SFNSA, Toby Desnomie, said they will model their efforts around what SIGA has already been doing with workplace safety.

“This in turn will bring safety awareness to communities as well as competency, so skills ability knowledge and training on the tasks they do every day,” he said.

Desnomie explained the First Nations Safety Association will be looking at expanding the best practices which SIGA and other organizations use across a number of work places.

“And [we'll model] that within our First Nation communities, so we have other MOU partners in which we use their resources and develop practice, procedures, regulations and of course site specific general programs for our community members,” he said.

In a media release SIGA CEO Zane Hansen said his organization was happy to be part of the effort.

"We are pleased to partner with the FSIN and SFNSA in efforts to enhance the availablilty, quality and consistency of safety education," he said. 

FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron stressed the importance of promoting and practicing safety to make sure workers are protected.

"Going home to our families at the end of the day is essential and being safe in the workplace is going to make sure we get there," he said. 

With files from CKOM


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